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American dreamalso American Dream
An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire: "In the deepening gloom of the Depression, the American Dream represented a reaffirmation of traditional American hopes" (Anthony Brandt).
the American Dream the notion that the American social, economic, and political system makes success possible for every individual
the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American.